• Kelso Mountain

    Mojave

    National Preserve California

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  • Kelso Depot Visitor Center hours

    Kelso Depot Visitor Center is open Fridays through Tuesdays from 9 am to 5 pm, closed Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Beanery Lunch Counter is closed.

Current Research Projects & Needs

MC Spring

California Dept. of Fish and Game Photo

Water, or more aptly the lack of water, is the defining characteristic of deserts and is a core theme of much of the ongoing research at Mojave National Preserve. The photo is of a small spring at the edge of Soda Dry Lake that supports a population of Mohave tui chub (Siphatales bicolor mohavensis), the only fish native to the Mojave River.

  • Desert tortoise juvenile survivorship (coming soon).

Did You Know?

photo of rock and Joshua trees

At 1.6 million acres, Mojave National Preserve is the third largest National Park Service area outside of Alaska. Death Valley National Park and Yellowstone National Park rank first and second.